After finishing up a project for the Pebbles Inc. blog last night, I am taking a short break from scrapbooking to get ready for Audrey's fourth birthday party. I am having 6 little girls over for a cupcake party tomorrow morning. We will bake vanilla cupcakes from scratch, decorate tiaras with rhinestones and flower punches, and play pass the parcel. I think it will be fun and right up Audrey's alley!
In preparation for the big event, I printed off a birthday banner, prepped 7 little tiaras, and made 7 little aprons. (Rather than loot bags, the girls will each get an apron to take home with their name on it.)
Audrey was not into posing today, but here she is in her apron:
I found $2 artists' aprons at Dollarama:
(Sadly, they don't have the cute white stitching, as pictured.)
Now, these are for adults, so I had to do a little creative tailoring to make them work. I put one of the aprons on Audrey and folded it up at the waist to it would (kind of) fit. Upon consultation with my mother, I bought Heat'nBond hemming tape, and used the iron instead of possible breaking my sewing machine. I'll be honest, getting the first two done took FOREVER, but then I got the hang of it and the last 5 went by pretty quick.
After they had cooled I used some old foam stamps and some even older fabric paint to stamp each of the girls' names on the aprons. I picked up some glittery foam stickers, too, so each girl can personalize her apron when she arrives. (I figured that was a good craft to waste 15 minutes as people are getting in the door and getting settled.) Audrey, of course, wanted to put stickers on hers right away. I tried not to stifle her creativity, and I only mentioned the "visual triangle" once. I swear.
She loves the pockets the most. This afternoon I worried that the ties were now in the wrong place with the hemming, so I cut off the original black ties and used my Cropadile to punch holes in a better spot. I tied cute pink ribbon that I had in my stash to each side, and now they fit much better. That's my story, anyway, and I'm sticking to it.
Beet chips. Microwave beet chips, in fact.
I read a blog entry a while ago (can't remember where) about microwave potato chips and thought I'd give it a try. They were so good-- and the kids loved them so much-- I thought, why not try it with sweet potatoes, or the bag of beets that came in my organic food box? Turns out, the beet chips were a huge hit with the girls. Whenever I pull out the mandolin, the girls say...and I quote..."yay! yay! Beet chips!"
Yay, beet chips? Any beet recipe that gets that kind of reaction from my girls is a keeper in my book. So, without further ado, Beet Chips:
1. Get one beet out of the fridge. One little beet is plenty:
2. Get out your mandolin:
A mandolin is very sharp little tool that cuts veggies and things super thin. The metal ones can be expensive. This one is by OXO and cost me $12 at Canadian Tire. (If you don't have/want a mandolin, I'm told you can use a veggie peeler.)
3. Set your mandolin to the thinnest setting, and slice your beet paper thin. Do not slice off your finger in the process:
4. Cut a piece of parchment paper into a circle that fits the plate in your microwave. (In the blog post I read they said you don't need the parchment per se, but it would be kinda messy without it, I think.) Spritz the paper with Pam, or an oil mister, then set your beet chips down in one layer. (You'll probably need three goes to get through all the beet chips you sliced in 30 seconds with your mandolin.) Sprinkle a teeny tiny bit of salt over the beets, and spritz one more time.
5. Place in the microwave on high for about 4 minutes. Now, microwaves differ a fair bit, so I would suggest the first time you do this, check them after three minutes. The beets will go from raw, to shrunken, to chewy, then finally crispy. If you haven't gotten to crispy, they're not done yet. In the end, they crunch like a chip and have the sweet/salty thing going for them.
Again, it wasn't a good photography day for me, but you can see how much the girls love them:
I'm thinking of trying it with turnips next.
"Yay, yay! Turnip chips!"